I have been playing for 35 years, the last time I bought a new Fender bass amp on purpose was oh about 1989.... a Fender BXR head and cab.... biggest POS I have ever owned. I have felt that Fender really didn't want to make bass amps for the past 30 years given their mostly pathetic offerings. Never took them seriously again. I have been hearing "rumblings" over the past few years and I figured folks were just getting desperate on TB to talk about something new. But low and behold I have done my research and opted to order a new Bassman 500 head and it will be delivered today. If I am as pleased with this purchase as I suspect I might.... I can see a new Fender Bassman pro 15 cab in my near future.... Report to follow.